FAMILY ADVENTURE IN ALENTEJO AND THE ALGARVE

Regions

East, Southeast, Southwest

Starting Point

Lisbon, Faro

Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

9 - 12 days

Best for

from 4 years

Activity Level **

3/5

Hardly any other region in Portugal is steeped as deeply into ancient history, traditional heritage, lifestyle and gastronomy as the Alentejo region. Here you will find traces of Roman, Moor and medieval history in almost every village and town, many of which are listed as national monuments or UNESCO World Heritage. Experience a slower pace of life and dive into the culinary heritage of the region with world class wines and traditional hearty cuisine before heading to the golden sandy beaches of the Algarve for some water-based fun and action. Our tour perfectly combines authentic Portuguese culture and fun outdoor activities with quality family time.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ explore the national monuments and heritage in the UNESCO listed town of Evora
✓ learn about Alentejo heritage, gastronomy and lifestyle on a traditional farm day
✓ night kayaking adventure under the amazing star-filled dark sky on the Alqueva dam
✓ fun-filled water activities for the whole family on the sandy beaches of the Algarve
✓ eco walking tour and coasteering along the stunning and wild Costa Vincentina

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival - overnight Evora area
Day 2 - historic cycling tour around Evora - overnight Evora area
Day 3 - traditional farm day with planting, harvesting and cooking - overnight Evora area
Day 4 - Monsaraz village - dark sky night canoeing on the Alqueva Aqueduct - overnight Moura (110km)
Day 5 - relax on the beaches on the Algarve - overnight Lagos (230km)
Day 6 - learn how to surf - overnight in Lagos (20km)
Day 7 - eco-and culture tour along the Costa Vincentina - overnight in Lagos (90km)
Day 8 - coasteering adventure - relax on the beach - overnight in Lagos (80km)
Day 9 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Welcome to Portugal! Transfer to Evora in eastern Alentejo. The beautiful town is steeped deep into history and holds the highest amount of national monuments in one place in Portugal You will have the afternoon to settle in and stroll through the small historic alleys among the pretty white-washed houses.
Overnight in Evora.

DAY 2 - HISTORIC CYCLING TOUR AROUND EVORA
The morning will start with a relaxed cycling tour around Evora and the beautiful surrounding authentic countryside. Learn about the history and significance of the city before heading out of town along the Silver Water Aqueduct, cycling through farmlands where you can spot cows, horses and sheep.
You will have the afternoon free to relax at your accommodation, go for a dip in the pool or discover hidden corners in Evora.
Overnight in Evora.

DAY 3 - A DAY AT A TRADITIONAL ALENTEJO FARM
Today will be all about farming, traditional agriculture and cooking as you will spend the day on an Alentejo countryside farm! Begin the day with a visit to the farm gardens, where you will collect some vegetables and other ingredients before making your way to the kitchen where you will start preparing today's special while hearing local stories from Evora and Alentejo. Enjoy your freshly prepared meal in the cozy farmhouse kitchen.
Overnight in Evora.

DAY 4 - MONSARAZ VILLAGE - DARK SKY NIGHT CANOEING ON THE ALQUEVA AQUEDUCT
You will leave Evora today, heading southeast to the Alqueva Dam. Visit the medieval village of Monsaraz, picturesquely set on a hilltop overlooking the Alentejo countryside and Alqueva lakes. Wander through the small alleys with bright white houses, visit the magnificent castle and enjoy the panoramic views. Continue to Moura on the shores of the Alqueva dam, the largest artificial water body in Portugal. When the evening falls, an kayaking tour will take you to the waters of the lake to admire the stunning star-filled dark skies in the area.
Overnight in Moura.

DAY 5 - RELAX ON THE BEACHES ON THE ALGARVE
Travel at your own pace today as you will continue to the golden sandy beaches of Portugal's southern Algarve coast. Take your time to visit the beautiful small historic towns of Loule or Silves with their rich Moor heritage or simply head straight to the beach and relax with the family!
You will spend the next days in the buzzing seaside town of Lagos on the western Algarve. Lagos has a long standing historic connection to seafaring, which strongly reflects in the structure and lifestyle of the town. The walled vivid town center is characterized by cobbled streets and a relaxed atmosphere in the authentic bars and restaurants while you will find a dramatic coastline with long beaches, beautiful coves and scenic cliffs in the surrounding area.
Overnight in Lagos.

DAY 6 - LEARN HOW TO SURF
Surfing is an activity that you simply cannot miss when visiting Portugal and due to it's Atlantic exposure, the Algarve offers excellent surfing conditions all year round. Take to the waters this morning after a short introduction and test your surfing skills with the whole family.
The rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight in Lagos.

DAY 7 - ECO AND CULTURE TOUR ALONG THE COSTA VINCENTINA
You will spend the day along the Costa Vincentina today, a stunning coastline characterized by steep cliffs, wide bays and sandy beaches. The area is to be considered Portugal's and also one of Europe's most authentic coastline and is steeped deep into history. You will learn more about the region's unique nature, culture and heritage on a full day eco and heritage tour. Learn about the regions plants, flowers and wildlife and hear stories of history and legend along the way. You will stop at a local farm to pick vegetables for making a tasty snack and to visit the local donkeys and guinea fowls. A truly authentic experience taking the family off the beaten track.
Overnight in Lagos.

DAY 8 - COASTEERING ADVENTURE - RELAX ON THE BEACH (80KM)
A last day of exciting family adventure awaits you today as you will explore the rugged Algarve coastline on a coasteering activity. Explore hidden beaches, amazing cliffs, unique rock formations and learn about the marine environment as you make your way along the coast on water and land. Especially over the hot summer days in Portugal, a jump into the refreshing cool Atlantic waters is a welcome and fun experience.
Take the rest of the day to relax at the beach or to discover more of the beautiful Algarve's hinterland.
Overnight in Lagos.

DAY 9 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in family friendly hotels, farms and guesthouses
- private car hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired / required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
Thanks to its mild climate, Portugal is a great destination all year round. March to May is a great season for outdoor activities or sight-seeing. It is not too hot yet, but temperatures can already be nice and warm, especially on the Algarve or in Portugal's southeast. Nature is in full bloom and forests are lush and green at this time of the year. While average daily temperatures in Lisbon are around 18 degrees, it can be cooler in central and northern Portugal.
Summer in Portugal comes with high temperatures and a lot of sun. While Lisbon has an average of 28 degrees over the summer months, temperatures can rise over 40 degrees in northern and central Portugal between June and August and also easily reach around 35 degrees on the Algarve, though a fresh breeze from the Atlantic makes it feel less hot. The Algarve is perfect for a beach holiday, though the water temperatures hardly go over 22 degrees. Generally the waters around Portugal stay cool with not more than 20 degrees. The summer months in Portugal are full of festivities, which take place in every part of the country.
September and October are again perfect for outdoor and cultural activities as the days are still warm and mostly dry. November until February are the months with the most rain over the year, especially in northern Portugal and there can be snow in the mountains. Temperatures would still reach around 15 degrees on the Algarve and would rarely drop below 10 degrees in Lisbon.

How to travel
Portugal has three major airports - Porto in the north, Lisbon in central west Portugal and Faro on the Algarve in the south. While Faro is much more frequented with charter and holiday flights from other countries in Europe, Porto and Lisbon offer a well developed network of scheduled flights to destinations all over Europe and overseas as well. With a volume of more than 20 million passengers a year (2018), Lisbon is by far the busiest airport in Portugal. Porto and Lisbon airport are well connected to the city centers by subway.
The easiest way to get around Portugal is by car. As it is a rather small country, distances are never far, for example you can travel from Lisbon to Porto or Faro in less than three hours and from Lisbon to Evora in less than 2 hours. There is a dense network of modern motorways linking the major centers, especially in central and Northern Portugal, which are operated through a tolling system. Apart from the motorway connecting Lisbon to the Algarve and the A22 along the Algarve coast, Alentejo is mainly characterized by national and regional roads.
Further, Portugal has a well developed rail network, connecting every corner of Portugal. The high speed Alfa Pendula connects Braga in the north with Faro in the south and stops in Porto and Lisbon on the way. The bigger cities can be reached by ”Intercidades” and the regional trains link to the more remote areas. Further, the ”urbanos” connect the commuter zones in Porto and Lisbon with the city.
The ”Linha do Douro” follows along the Douro river, passing 26 tunnels, 30 bridges and one of the most scenic landscapes in Portugal. Parts of the route are classified as UNESCO world heritage. The journey takes you along vineyards, quintas, small villages and through stations decorated with blue azulejos.
The “Linha do Algarve” runs along the Algarve coastline, offering panoramic views over the sea and the hinterland while connecting Lagos with Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

Travelling with children
Kids are king in Portugal! Family friendly hotels, great beaches, a large choice of activities and a lot of sun turn Portugal into a great destination to enjoy with the whole family. The varied scenery offers plenty of choice for kid-friendly outdoor activities like cycling, swimming, surfing, climbing or canyoning and the rich historic heritage with medieval castles, grand palaces and traditional villages allows for exciting discoveries.
Many hotels in Portugal are very focused on families and offer many extra services and facilities, ranging from kid friendly menus, babysitting service or activity programs for kids. Alternatively, farms cater for families looking for a more rural escape in the countryside.

What to bring
Depending where and when you travel, there are several things you should make sure that end up in your suitcase before setting off.
As summer is generally warm, if not even hot in Portugal, light summer clothes will be a must, including shorts, t-shirts and light summer shoes. Make sure to bring swim gear and the necessary protection against the sun, including lotion, sun glasses and a sun hat, though all of the items are of course widely available in Portugal at reasonably good prices. Due to the breeze, evenings spent at the sea can feel a bit chilly, so don’t forget a light sweater or cardigan. If you are travelling to the more continental mountain areas, a warm jumper will keep you warm in case you experience a colder evening or two. The terrain is fairly dry over the summer months, so solid shoes for hiking tours will work fine, though proper hiking shoes or boots will give you extra stability and grip when hiking in some of the rocky areas.
Winters are not cold in Portugal, but prepare for rainy days, so bring a waterproof coat or rain jacket. Solid shoes are perfect for exploring towns and cities and, if you are planning on hiking or walking in nature, hiking shoes or boots are highly recommended for this time of year. Also pack a few sweaters and cardigans for the colder evenings. Temperatures in central and eastern Portugal tend to be lower than along the coast. The sun can still be strong, especially in the mountain areas, so it is always a good idea to bring sun lotion, sun glasses and a hat.
To catch Portugal in all it’s historic and natural beauty, you should of course not forget to bring a camera. A small backpack or bag will be perfect for storing your valuables while out exploring.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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